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Europe's Greatest Sandwich

Published: Monday September 13th 2004 (10 years ago)
Updated: Saturday September 18th 2004, 9:17PM
by Martin Joergensen

It might not beat Bob's but heck it's good!

I know the chances of beating an American at something American is close to none.
Just think of the World Championships in football... ever considered that no non-US teams ever participated? And if such a team existed, could they? I think not!

Well, we might then come up with something purely European.
No American can compete there! ;-)

Europe's Greatest Sandwich:

Bread: Plain wheat - Filone, Ciabatta or similar will make the angels sing
Meat: Air dried ham - known as Jamon Serrano in Spain and Prosciutto Di Parma in Italy - not quite the same, but any of them will do (while your plain, boiled ham won't!). It has to be extremely thinly sliced.
Sausage: Chorizo - a strongly chilli flavored, also air dried, pork sausage from Spain
Cheese: Buffalo Mozarella. A mild, fresh cheese, kept in the fluid from the making process
Spice: A sprinkle of dried oregano

Instructions:

  1. Drain the cheese and cut a couple of slices. The cheese is quite crumbly and slices become fairly thick
  2. Lay a slice of cheese on a slice of bread
  3. Put the Chorizo on the cheese. If the slices are large (2-3 inches ) one will suffice, if it's smaller (1" ) use two or three.
  4. Put one or two slices of ham on the sausage
  5. Add another layer of sausage
  6. Add a final layer of cheese
  7. Sprinkle lightly with oregano. A pinch is enough
  8. Close the sandwich with a second slice of bread
  9. Toast the whole thing for about five minutes in a closed toaster thingy. No reason to protect the machinery. The cheese isn't that runny.

I recommend tap water for that, but Coke (Classic!) will do.

Chase that with an espresso and a small piece of good chocolate.

No way that can be beat! ...in Europe that is... ;-)

Part of the blog chain "The Greatest Sandwich"

Europe's Greatest Sandwich

Published: Monday September 13th 2004 (10 years ago)
Updated: Monday September 13th 2004, 9:52PM
by Bob Petti

Nice Sandwich Martin ...

but only skinny guys like you can eat like that.

Part of the blog chain "The Greatest Sandwich"

Skunked

Published: Monday September 13th 2004 (10 years ago)
Updated: Monday September 13th 2004, 9:24PM
by Bob Petti

Fishing and not fishing

I fished the Beaverkill yesterday morning and got skunked. But the thing is - I never once entered that "predatory I'm gonna catch a fish or die trying" mindset. I was too lazy to change leaders. Too lazy to change flies. Too lazy to change spots. Just plain lazy.

The real reason for going yesterday was to meet up with some friends I have not seen is some time. Being close by, so we can talk easily back and forth was more important than strking off on my own to find some fish.

We found a couple working fish close by. Small ones. Near the shore. Young, but well educated in arguably the river's most fished pool. One would sit on shore and judge, while the others would try to fool the fish. I think the only participants who took the whole thing seriously were the fish. After awhile, they had enough and disappeared. We didn't care.

We drove to another spot to start "real" fishing, but I didn't have long to fish so I just sort of went through the motions through the fine (fine!!) looking pool we had to ourselves. I nymphed. I drifted a streamer. Too lazy to change leaders, I tried to put leader sink on a furled leader. I even went so far as to crimp a shot to get the streamer to sink. What a bum.

Ever have a day like that?

I didn't fall in. I didn't hurt anything. I didn't lose anything. I get to meet a new friend, and I got to see an old one. The weather was great. The water was clear. The scenery was lovely, as usual.

If the purpose was to get my waders wet (and I found a leak - grrr), to see if I still know how to cast, to make sure all the gear is where it is supposed to be, then I guess mission accomplished. I'll chalk it up to an advanced scouting mission in preparation for some hard core Fall trouting.

Yeah - that's it.